I’ve had some people asking me what I’ve been up to since my fight. I’ve really just been doing the same thing as always, working and training. People are always surprised by that. I honestly don’t know what they expect though, what else would I be doing? A lot of people take time off after competing, but that’s never been what I’ve done. I’ve always wanted to get back in the gym, regardless of the outcome.
Now that’s not to say that I always want to go in and train. There are plenty of times where my alarm goes off for an early morning session, and I just want to stay in bed. For me it’s no different than you would treat your job. I know a lot of people that would much rather sleep in than wake up and go to work, but they do because they need to earn a living. Well, it’s really no different for me. This is my job, and I still have to get up and put those hours in.
It can also be hard to get back to it after a setback. We all go through them, whether professional or personal, but either one can have an effect on us. It makes it hard to want to get out of bed and get going or show up to practice every day, but I know the best way to get past it is to do just that. It’s easy to fall in to the trap of wanting pity, whether it be from others or ourselves, but that never really helps you feel better about the situation. The only thing that will really help is getting back to work and trying to improve in the areas where you believe you need to.
I also have people say they couldn’t imagine going through this kind of thing, or doing what I do. That also actually makes it easier to get back to work. It’s a reminder that what I do isn’t for everybody, but I love it so it must be meant for me. I also know that persevering through the tough times have led to me improving the most, so it pretty much goes without saying that I can’t wait for my next one.